Upcoming furry comics for June 2010 (previews only)
Lots of interesting stuff this month, most of it on the pricey side. Lackadaisy, Krazy Kat, The Grasshopper and the Ant, Bone....
DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
APR100041 Usagi Yojimbo #129 24pg, b&w $3.50
by Stan Sakai
Kato is after Usagi, cutthroats are after Kato, it will all end in skulls.
PAGES 106, 126
DC COMICS (http://www.dccomics.com/)
APR100240 Looney Tunes #187 32pg, color $2.50
Duck Dodgers in quest of...WATER!
APR100242 Scooby-Doo #157 32pg, color $2.50
by Paul Kupperberg and Scott Jeralds
'[S]omething zombie-like is attacking the customers at the Springdale Shopping Mall.'
APR100292 Nyankoi! #1 5"x7.375", 162 pg, b&w $9.99
by Sato Fujiwara
'A boy who hates cats finds out what it's like to be one! When Junpei accidentally knocks the head off of a statue of a cat, he is cursed with a spell that will transform him into an actual feline! The only way he can avoid the curse is to complete a hundred good deeds for the cats of his town. The fact that he's also allergic to felines isn't going to help him with his mission either. But there is a cute girl in school who loves cats and who Junpei has a crush on. Maybe this won't turn out to be such a bad situation after all!' Counts as furry, wouldn't you say!?
IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
APR100455 Elephantmen #28 32pg, color $3.50
by Richard Starkings and Moritat
'Hip Flask versus agents of MAPPO--and Flask has nothing left to lose.'
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
APR100715 Gold Digger #119 32pg, color $2.99
by Fred Perry
Julia gets roped into rescuing that bitch G'nolga.
APR100716 Gold Digger II Pocket Manga vol. 10 sc, 5"x7", 128pg, b&w $14.99
by Fred Perry
Collects Gold Digger Vol. 3 #57-61.
APR100717 Gold Digger Swimsuit Special #19 32pg, color, $4.50
Yuck, fan art.
APR100719 Gold Digger: Tiffany & Charlotte Second Semester Pocket Manga sc, 5"x7", 128pg, b&w $14.99
by Fred Perry and J.L. Anderson
Collects Gold Digger: Tiffany & Charlotte--Second Semester #1-4. The (text) solicitation gets 'Tiffany' right one time out of three.
APE ENTERTAINMENT (http://apecmx.com/)
APR100722 Shrek #2 (of 4) 32pg, color $3.95
I haven't mentioned this before, but with Donkey and Puss in Boots among the main characters, I think it belongs. This month, the guys go camping.
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC (http://www.archaia.com)
APR100731 Fraggle Rock #3 (of 4) 8"x8", 32pg, color $3.95
More Fraggle and Doozer stories.
APR100733 Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #2 (of 4) 8"x8", 24pg, color $3.95
by a mouseload
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
APR100748 Sonic the Hedgehog #214 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn and Steven Butler
20% higher price, but...um, 0% more story. The Cats and Wolves fight.
APR100749 Sonic Universe #17 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley
Tails vs. bird villains.
BOOM! STUDIOS (http://www.boom-studios.net/)
APR100832 The Grasshopper and the Ant hc, 8.5"x8.5", 80pg, color $25.00
by Harvey Kurtzman
'Forty years ago, the late comics genius Harvey Kurtzman created a marvelous beatnik take on the ancient Æsop fable that appeared in Esquire magazine, where the panels were reproduced small and blurry. The story remained forgotten and unknown, even to most Kurtzman fans, until Denis Kitchen Publishing released this rediscovered gem in a Smythe-sewn hardcover in 2000. . . . Selected as "One of the Best 100 Graphic Novels" in Steve Weiner's book of the same name, this 10" square hardcover is shrink-wrapped to assure mint condition. Introduction by Denis Kitchen.'
APR100846 The Muppet Show #7 32pg, color $2.99
by Roger Langridge
It's still by Langridge.
APR100852 Uncle Scrooge: Around the World in 80 Bucks hc, 6"x9", 218pg, color $24.99
APR100853 Uncle Scrooge: Around the World in 80 Bucks hc, 6"x9", 218pg, color $9.99
by Staff Di If and artist(s) Francesc Bargada Studio
'When one of Uncle Scrooge's rivals, John D. Rockerduck, challenges Donald Duck's favorite uncle to a penny-pinching contest that spans the globe, he says "Bring it on!"' I ordinarily don't try to pick out the good imports from the superhero, superspy, and other shlock, but this storyline strikes me as classically Barksian (remember Flintheart Glomgold?), so I thought I'd mention it here.
Also Cars #7, Cars #1 Emerald City Comicon blank cover variant, Cars vol. 1: The Rookie San Diego Comic-Con 2009 signed & numbered hardcover, Darkwing Duck #1: the Duck Knight Returns, Disney's Alice in Wonderland hc and sc (for the Tim Burton version), Disney's Hero Squad #6, Donald Duck and Friends #355, Donald Duck and Friends vol. 2: Doubleduck hc and sc, Muppet Snow White #3, Toy Story #7, Toy Story #2 Emerald City Comicon blank variant cover, Uncle Scrooge #392, Wall-E #7, Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #708, Wizards of Mickey #5, and Wizards of Mickey #6.
CARTOON BOOKS (http://www.boneville.com (not the publisher's URL))
APR100862 Bone Handbook sc, 6"x9", 128pg, color $9.99
'The ultimate guide for every Bone fan, this handbook includes profiles of major and minor characters from the series, a timeline of events, interviews with creator Jeff Smith and colorist Steve Hamaker, a showcase of cover art from the original Bone editions, a behind-the-scenes look at how the Scholastic editions were colorized, and other fun stuff!'
DRAWN & QUARTERLY (http://www.drawnandquarterly.com)
APR100934 Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip vol. 5 hc, 9"x12", 100 pg, b&w $19.95
by Tove Jansson
'Drawn & Quarterly's bestselling Moomin series has won the Harvey Award and been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards. This volume features the final strips drawn by Tove Jansson and written by her brother Lars for the London Evening News, before Lars took over both the art and writing. Discover the series that Neil Gaiman calls "A lost treasure now rediscovered; one of the sweetest, strangest comic strips ever drawn or written. A Surrealist masterpiece."' Also, volumes 1 and 4 are offered again.
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS (http://www.fantagraphicsbooks.com)
APR100967 Sammy the Mouse #3 8.5"x11", 32pg, 2-color $7.95
by Zak Sally
'In the long-awaited third issue of Zak Sally's surreal masterpiece in the sumptuous "Ignatz" format, our hero finally gets a chance to sit by himself for a while. Only for about three pages, though, and then there's more disembodied voices telling him what to do -- followed by the anger, frustration, swearing and free-floating terror you've come to love and expect from this series. Where the heck is Puppy Boy? What's that shovel for? Why all the terrified eyes glassily staring off into nothingness? You may or may not find out in Sammy the Mouse #3.' #1 and #2 are offered again. See http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.fl... for a Flickr preview of #2.
APR100980 Lackadaisy vol. 1 sc, 8.25"x9", sepia&white $19.95
by Tracy Butler
'St. Louis, 1927. Prohibition has sparked the engine of organized crime. Fueled by the fortunes of bootlegging, gangsters rule the city though speakeasies -- Speakeasies like Lackadaisy. Competition is fierce, and in this city, you're either holding the gun, or taking the bullet. But with all the cunning, tenacity, and sly ingenuity they can muster, the Lackadaisy gang might just have a chance!' This is the first collection of Tracy Butler's gorgeous webcomic; read it at
http://www.lackadaisycats.com/ and then buy this. Highly recommended.
SUNDAY PRESS BOOKS
APR101066 Krazy Kat: a Celebration of Sundays HC, 16.5"X14", 160pg, color $100
(W/A) George J. Herriman
'The greatest Krazy Kat Sunday pages by George Herriman are reprinted here for the first time in their original size and colors, just in time for Krazy's 100th birthday! Included is a sampling of all Herriman's pre-Krazy comic creations, most never reprinted before. With contributions by Michael Tisserand and Art Spiegelman.' Recommended if you have too much money.
APR101079 Sgt. Frog vol. 19 sc, 5"x7", 192pg, b&w $10.99
by Mine Yoshizaki
'Keroro continues his efforts to invade Pokopen [Earth] in vain as he tries his hand (voice? ) at karaoke, morphes Giroro into a cow, schemes to scatter invasion materials around Earth by bubbles, and makes humans into remotely controlled soldiers. He also tries to enlist the help of humans by making them into Keronmen. Could Keroro finally succeed this time?'